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Administrative Unit:Mathematics
College/School: College of Letters & Science
Admitting Plans:M.A., Ph.D.
Degrees Offered:M.A., Ph.D.
Minors and Certificates:Doctoral Minor
Named Options: Foundations of Advanced Studies (M.A.)
Specializations: Algebra and Number Theory, Analysis and Probability,
Applied and  Computational Mathematics,
Logic, Geometry and Topology

Faculty: Professors Angenent, Assadi, Bolotin, Boston, Caldararu, Denissov, Ellenberg, Feldman, Gong,  Jin, Lempp, Mari-Beffa (chair), Millar, Mitchell, Paul, Seeger, Seppalainen, Smith, Terwilliger, Thiffeault, Viaclovsky, Waleffe, Yang, Zlatos;  Associate Professors Arinkin, Craciun, Gurevich, Maxim, Miller, Roch, Valko; Assistant Professors Anderson, Andrews, Dymarz, Erman, Kent, Kim, Marshall, Sam, Spagnolie, Stechmann, Stovall, Street, Wang, M. Wood, P. Wood, Yin


The department offers the doctor of philosophy degree with a major in mathematics and a master of arts degree in mathematics.

The Ph.D. degree requires proficiency in basic and advanced graduate mathematics and the completion of a dissertation containing a significant piece of original research in some area of mathematics. The scope of the research program in mathematics is broad. The Ph.D specialty and dissertation may be in any area of mathematics, including but not limited to algebra, algebraic geometry, applied mathematics, combinatorics, computational mathematics, complex analysis, differential equations, differential geometry, harmonic analysis, logic, mathematical biology, number theory, probability, and topology. A complete list of faculty and their areas of expertise is available through the department website.

The M.A. degree is available with the option Foundations of Advanced Mathematics. It is designed to strengthen the student's mathematics background and enhance the opportunities for applications to Ph.D. programs and for employment as a mathematician in nonacademic environments. Students in the Ph.D. program also have the option to earn a masters of arts degree.


Admission is competitive.  Applicants to the Ph.D. program are automatically considered for financial support.  For more information about application to the Ph.D. and M.A. programs, see the department's admission website.

For more information: Graduate Coordinator, Department of Mathematics, Van Vleck Hall, 480 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI 53706; tel: 608-263-8884; grad_program@math.wisc.edu; https://www.math.wisc.edu/